Last month I took one of my good friends out for dinner (tab: paid for by a mystery shopping assignment).
“I wish I could do that for a full time job,” he remarked.
I explained that it’s just not the kind of thing you can do fulltime: rather, it’s a great thing to do on the side. But is it worth the time put in?
Now, I don’t track every dollar, but I went back to try and nail down roughly how much I’ve made through surveys.
TOTAL = 1671.55 (Seriously, it took me something like five goes to add that up and get the same answer twice. I fail.)
And as for how much I spent, I came up with a rough total of $468.50. At the most, I’d say a margin of error of $50.
What did that get me? Prescriptions, food, alcohol, petrol and beauty products :). The actual money earned mostly went to irregular expenses or savings.
I really couldn’t say how many hours a month on average I spend on surveys, but for over $1000 net for what is very much a spare-time gig, I think I’m definitely coming out ahead. This year, I want to keep a tight rein on this income – keeping a record of all purchases, and closely tracking payments and reimbursements every single month.